Call of Duty: Modern Warfare RTX BONUS

This promotion has now ended, and register to redeem links are closing now, please check the NZ/AU links below!

Bundle valid on purchase dates: September 17th – November 18th, 2019. Codes do expire, so please redeem immediately once received (expiration date TBC as December 18th 2019)

The redemption process is dependent on the brand purchased, and only from authorised retailers – see all eligible RTX Graphics Cards at PB Tech.

NZ redemption links for Desktop RTX Graphics Cards,

Register Gigabyte/AORUS RTX Graphics Cards here (Redemption is now closed)

Register Asus/ROG RTX Graphics Cards here

Register EVGA RTX Graphics Cards here

NZ redemption links for Laptop RTX Graphics Cards,

Register Gigabyte/AORUS RTX Laptops here

Register Asus/ROG RTX Laptops here

Register MSi RTX Laptops here

The stakes have never been higher. Become a lethal Tier One operator with the power of NVIDIA GeForce RTX. The revolutionary RTX platform maximizes your performance and visual fidelity on PC with real-time ray tracing and super-powerful AI processing. As you delve into clandestine covert operations that affect the global balance of power or showcase your skills against the toughest enemies in fierce multiplayer battles, GeForce RTX delivers the ultimate PC gaming experience!

As with the previous Nvidia Promotions, you must first claim your code from the brand redemption page, then they will send you a new code that must be activated via Nvidia Experience.

Your RTX graphics card must be fitted in your Gaming Desktop/Laptop when you activate the game.

SUPERFAST. SUPERNATURAL. Nvidia RTX Control + Wolfenstein Youngblood BONUS!

UPDATE: This offer has now ended, see the latest Nvidia Promotions here!

UPDATE: This promotion ends on the 16th September, redemption (while code stocks last) is still available for a short duration after the event. Please see links below for New Zealand.

Register your Gigabyte RTX Laptop: HERE

Register your MSi RTX Laptop: HERE

Register your Asus RTX Laptop: HERE

Register your Omen by HP RTX Laptop & Desktop: HERE

Register your Gigabyte/AORUS RTX Graphics Card: HERE

Register your Asus RTX Graphics Card: HERE

Register your EVGA RTX Graphics Card: HERE

Promotion details as below!

Nvidia are celebrating the launch of the new RTX SUPER Graphics Cards with a new game bonus offer, and this time there are two amazing games up for grabs!

Eligible Graphics Cards: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070, RTX 2070 SUPER, RTX 2080, RTX 2080 SUPER and RTX 2080 Ti 

Bundle valid on purchase dates: July 9th – September 16th, 2019

You can see all Nvidia RTX Graphics Cards included on the SUPERFAST. SUPERNATURAL RTX Promotions Page at PB Tech. This register to redeem promotion works in the usual way, with each brand of Graphics Card having their own website set up so you can claim your gamecodes.

Control: After a secretive agency in New York is invaded by an otherworldly threat, you become the new Director struggling to regain Control in this supernatural 3rd person action-adventure.

Wolfenstein Youngblood: The first modern co-op Wolfenstein adventure. Team up with a friend or play solo as one of BJ Blazkowicz’s twin daughters and wield a powerful arsenal of new weapons, gadgets, and abilities to liberate Paris from the Nazis.

GAME ON!

GOOD GAMING – EVGA GRIP RACING BONUS

Harnessing gravity defying physics alongside a bristling arsenal of outlandish weapons, GRIP delivers the fastest, most competitive racing experience ever. Scale walls, ceilings and anything else you can get your tires on to… as you master tantalising tracks, tricks and perform mind-blowing stunts to race your way across the cosmos.

For a limited time, you can register to redeem a GRIP: Combat Racing + EVGA Vehicle Skin BONUS with selected EVGA Graphics Cards and Power Supplies over 550W.

In addition to the game itself, check out the sweet EVGA Skin below!

This promotion is valid from September 10th 2019 (while code stocks last) and only from authorised retailers, see the full range of EVGA at PB Tech.

GAME ON!

GGPC SEPTEMBER WINNER ANNOUNCED!

September Event Winner: Congratulations Mary N!

September is here and we’re celebrating the start of spring with a new monthly GG bonus from our friends at Logitech G!

This September, if you get yourself a Good Gaming PC you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.

The G240 Gaming Mouse Pad provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

A great mousepad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our Massive Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!

Our grand prize for September is a totally wireless setup! Made up of three highly sought after pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear, including the latest G903 Hero Gaming Mouse!

That’s right folks! Our lucky winner will receive the flagship Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse, freshly upgraded with the epic HERO 16K gaming sensor for incredibly precise gameplay and 10X the battery efficiency of previous generation sensors.

Every component of G903 has been optimised to reduce weight while maintaining strength, from thin wall molding to a spoked hyperscroll wheel design. The result is a fully-loaded wireless mouse that weighs in at only 110g. Maximize comfort over extended periods of use and feel quicker response to motion.

A great mouse for sure, but that’s not all, our lucky winner is going to take away more awesome Logitech G gears!

The Logitech G613 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard is tournament grade, designed for gamers who demand both the high performance capabilities of mechanical switches and the freedom of wireless gaming. G613 features LIGHTSPEED wireless technology for super fast 1 ms report rate and Bluetooth for multi-host connectivity, advanced Romer-G mechanical performance, 6-programmable G-keys, and amazing battery life….more than 1 YEAR while using only 2 AA batteries!… crazy!

The six dedicated G-keys can be programmed with custom macros and in-app commands. Execute complex actions, simply and quickly, with a keystroke. G-keys can be assigned per game or app profile for customization and convenience. Use Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) to easily setup and manage profiles, commands and more.

Equipped with Romer-G mechanical switches the G613 delivers quiet, precise mechanical performance with incredible feel and durability with 70M click-life. The choice of top esports professionals, Romer-G switches have a short-throw actuation at 1.5 mm which means it is 25% faster than the competition’s standard mechanical switches. Romer-G is a perfect blend of speed, precision and quiet performance.

An epic keyboard for sure, but it doesn’t stop there – our lucky winner will also receive some excellent wireless audio 🙂

The Logitech G533 Wireless DTS 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset is a treat for the ears thanks to Logitech using the same Pro-G audio drivers found in the top tier 933 Artemis Spectrum, it’s also packing DTS X 7.1 surround sound which accurately replicates 7.1 speaker position so we can enjoy all the ambient sounds and audio ques that make playing games with a nice headset oh so enthralling 🙂 Always good for multiplayer gamer as being able to hear which direction gunfire is coming from can be a pretty neat tool for getting into the action(or getting out the way :P) You can configure all this and more with the Logitech Gaming Software.

The headset packs in all the goodness we’ve come to expect from Logitech G with earpieces that can also be removed and washed if needed, these cups also pivot making for comfortable in those moment when you’ve got the headset around your neck as you run off to grab a quick Redbull between matches 🙂 You’ll still be able to hear when the next match is coming up because this one is wireless thanks to an included 2.4GHz USB dongle (which apparently gives even more range than the G933!) and will last a solid 15 hours of game time at around 50% volume, which is managed via that slick roller we liked so much in our G910 Gaming Keyboard review.

We’ve tested the range out and it’s really good, unobstructed it’s well over 15 metres, with the USB dongle in our GGPC editor rig we still had a perfect connection all the way down in the other end of the workshop and that’s a good 30 metres away! When testing in a two story house we were able to head downstairs and into the kitchen to grab a drink and still maintain voice comms while waiting in que.

Great stuff Logitech!

Check out the all the latest Gaming PC and awesome Logitech G prizes today, and be sure to keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of the month!

WD_BLACK CUSTOM GAMING PC GIVEAWAY!

UPDATE: Competition ends 28th Oct and winner will be announced via PB Tech Tips & News!

Our friends at PB Tech teamed up with Western Digital and we’ve got a really special GGPC Custom Water Cooled Gaming PC up for grabs 🙂

GGPC Black – themed around the WD_BLACK SN750 NVMe SSD!

We do love a good theme here at GGPC NZ, and this one is built with cutting edge hardware throughout, our top tier Gaming PC features:

– WD_Black SN750 NVMe 1TB SSD with EKWB Heatsink
– Latest 9th Gen Intel i7-9700KF CPU with a Custom Hard Tube Water Cooling and 360mm Radiator
– Massive EVGA RTX 2080 FTW3 (For the WIN!) Graphics Card
– 16GB of super-fast 3200MHz HyperX FURY DDR4 RAM
– Asus ROG Z390 Motherboard with AURA RGB

Good luck everyone!

Good eSports NZ – Waikato University Arena

Ohh what a time to be alive! The University of Waikato has made New Zealand history by launching the first university-based esports facility, the OMEN Esports Arena. 

Equipped with multiple high-end Gaming PC, rows of DX Racer Gaming Chairs and a really big LG TV for streaming highlights, the esports arena serves as a dedicated space for on-campus gaming enthusiasts. 

To create the Arena, The University teamed up with OMEN, The popular HP gaming and esports brand who supplied 12 top-of-the-line gaming computers, and PB Tech, New Zealand’s largest IT and computer retailer who supplied the big screen LG TV as well as a partial sponsorship of the DX Racer gaming chairs. 

Mike Calvert, Director of Student Services at Waikato University, says the OMEN Esports Arena fits with the university’s direction of providing opportunities in a sport, “Esports is a global phenomenon and is one of the fastest-growing industries,” says Calvert. “With more than a million participants in New Zealand, and more than 300 million participants worldwide, it makes sense from a strategic perspective to move into this space,” he says. “Esports is a new and emerging field – the viewership is steadily climbing and the financial backing is growing, so it’s great to see the University of Waikato leading the way in this exciting industry.”

“We want to be able to give our students, who are likely to be engaging in esports anyway, an opportunity to be part of this in a socially inclusive environment where they can participate with like-minded people and, eventually, segue into future opportunities in esports.”

“It’s also an opportunity to link academic research and esports together, which is something we’re developing at the moment.” 

As part of the arena, the University of Waikato offers a school-leaver scholarship for students who excel in esports. The 2degrees Esports Scholarship for School-Leavers awards $5000 to students who demonstrate excellence in esports, exhibit leadership experience or potential, and who carry values in health and wellbeing. 

This year’s scholarship recipient, Ryan Holt, says the esports scholarship has allowed him to combine his passion for video games with his love of a challenge.  

Brian White, Business Development Manager for PB Tech Central North Island, says “the university’s commitment to opening an esports arena shows competitive gaming can be more than just a hobby. “For a major university to be so involved with development pathways and scholarships for competitive gaming is just amazing.”

Jason Spiller, Marketing Manager for Gaming, Esports & Immersive Technologies at HP, says the OMEN Esports arena is providing a new opportunity for the region. “Esports is growing. It’s not only growing as a career option for those wanting to turn pro, but it’s growing in a myriad of other ways. From future careers and game development to coding and tournament operations, there are so many other aspects that go into what is now a massive industry.”

“In an age of growing digital isolation, gaming and esports are one of best ways to provide identity and community to students and the OMEN Esports Arena provides a place to foster those connections,” says Spiller.

Amongst the crowd enjoying the grand opening celebrations was Conrad from Ping Zero NZ, who took out first place in the F1 racing tournament (he’s quite the racer!), and Callum from Pixel Lounge NZ who raced into 3rd for the fun mini-event.

It’s all very exciting, you can read more about the new University of Waikato eSports Arena on the official FB page!

GAME ON!… I mean… STUDY ON!… well, both I guess!

GGPC AUGUST WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Picture of Good Gaming PC with Logitech G Gaming Keyboard, Headset, Mouse and Mouse Pad.

UPDATE: New GGPC promotions have begun!

AUGUST WINNER: Congratulations Katelyn T!

August already! 2019 is whizzing by and we’re kicking off a new monthly GG bonus with our friends at Logitech G!

This August, if you get yourself a Good Gaming PC you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.

The G240 Gaming Mouse Pad provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

A great mousepad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our Massive Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

Our grand prize for August is made up of three highly reviewed pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear, that all come together to create an amazing setup.

First up we have a keyboard 4x faster than standard, the G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard. Designed for ultra-quick, responsive feedback with an anti-ghosting matrix that keeps you in control, so you can fire off multiple abilities key presses simultaneously.

The G213 Prodigy is tuned to deliver a superior tactile response and performance profile. At full height, they deliver a full 4mm travel distance, 50g actuation force, and it’s all wonderfully quiet so your teammates won’t hear you WASD like crazy in the heat of battle.

Next up we have the just-released Logitech G332 Gaming Headset, which is looking beautiful in black and red. Pop it onto your head and you’ll be treated to the glorious audio that comes from the big 50mm drivers within. Enjoy a complete, expansive soundscape for a more immersive gaming experience. Your favourite games will finally sound the way they’re supposed to: AMAZING!

Picture of Logitech G233 Gaming Headset, highlighting the drivers and plush earpieces.

A 6mm microphone makes sure your squadmates can hear you, and with the popular flip-to-mute boom feature it can silence you when you don’t want to be heard. Everything else about these headphones revolves around player comfort: The deluxe lightweight leatherette ear cups and headband are made to keep pressure off your ears.

Finishing the epic gaming setup for our lucky August event winner is the exceptional Logitech G502 Gaming Mouse. Packing the newly created HERO 16K sensor, full RGB LED Lighting and tunable weight options, this mouse is capable of tracking insane flicks at speeds over 400 IPS without spinning out. HERO 16K delivers peak performance at any sensitivity with zero smoothing, acceleration, or filtering from 100 to 16,000 DPI.

What a bunch of prizes!

Check out the all the latest Gaming PC and awesome Logitech G prizes, and keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of the month!

Good Gaming – 3rd Gen Ryzen, new X570 Motherboards & AMD RX 5700 XT Graphics!

It’s exciting times for PC builders with the new AMD Ryzen 3000 series just released in New Zealand!

UPDATE: New parts have been added to the Ryzen Custom PC Builder Tool. For the X570 and PCIe 4.0 SSD specifically, there is also a new Ryzen X570 Master Builder 🙂

It’s important to note that only the new Ryzen 3 3200G and Ryzen 5 3400G include integrated VEGA graphics, with the others, you’ll need to pair dedicated graphics cards in your builds.

The key takeaway information is faster clock speeds, faster RAM supported and a larger L3 cache – many of the models look to include the top-tier Ryzen Wraith Prism RGB Cooler too, rather than the previous Wraith Spire RGB option. If you’re using a current gen AM4 A320, B450 or X470 motherboard be sure to check the BIOS updates before you install the new CPU.

AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
Integrated Graphics: VEGA 8
CPU Cores: 4
Threads: 4
Base Clock: 3.6GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.0GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 2933MHz
Cache: L2 2MB, L3 4MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Stealth

AMD Ryzen 5 3400G
Integrated Graphics: VEGA 11
CPU Cores: 4
Threads: 8
Base Clock: 3.7GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.2GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 2933MHz
Cache: L2 2MB, L3 4MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Stealth

AMD Ryzen 5 3600
CPU Cores: 6
Threads: 12
Base Clock: 3.6GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.2GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 3MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Stealth

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
CPU Cores: 6
Threads: 12
Base Clock: 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 4MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Spire

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
CPU Cores: 8
Threads: 16
Base Clock: 3.6GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 4MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Prism RGB

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
CPU Cores: 8
Threads: 16
Base Clock: 3.9GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 4MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Prism RGB

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
CPU Cores: 12
Threads: 24
Base Clock: 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.6GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 6MB, L3 64MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Prism RGB

Regarding cache, it’s basically a really small amount of fast memory used by the CPU, so for those who aren’t familiar here’s a quick metaphor.

You are a CPU, actively working on something with your right hand

Have something on the workbench in front of you (data in L2 cache)

Have something behind you in the cupboard (data in L3 cache)

Data which is stored in your RAM or SSD is like having it another room, so it takes a bit longer to fetch (we’re talking fractions of a second though)

Motherboard wise, we have a new X570 series releasing on the same day and this is ready to go with Ryzen 3000 right out of the box. Having one of these will also allow your build to use the latest PCIe 4.0 SSD storage options from Gigabyte and Corsair.

For those want to create an all-new AMD system there are also two new Graphics Cards releasing – the AMD RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT – and these get also get an AMD REWARDS Microsoft GAMEPASS bonus, see more info on that here 🙂

AMD RX 5000 Series Essentials…

Graphics Card: Radeon RX 5700
Power Inputs: 1x 6pin 1x 8pin
Display Outputs: 3x DisplayPort 1x HDMI
Length: 270mm
VRAM: 8GB GDDR6
Base Clock: 1465MHz
Boost Clock: 1725MHz

Graphics Card: Radeon RX 5700 XT
Power Inputs: 1x 6pin 1x 8pin
Display Outputs: 3x DisplayPort 1x HDMI
Length: 270mm
VRAM: 8GB GDDR6
Base Clock: 1605MHz
Boost Clock: 1905MHz

Massive thanks to ARTIS for capturing so much gameplay FPS test footage so fast, lots more AMD RX 5700 series gameplay on the ARTIS YouTube Channel.

Benchmark wise, 3D Mark has just released a new option for those wanting to test the AMD’s third-generation Ryzen processors, the new X570 motherboards and that oh so fancy PCIe 4.0 SSD.

GAME ON!